Surrender, White People!
In this follow-up to his “hilarious yet soul-shaking” (Black Enterprise) New York Times bestseller How Not to Get Shot, comedy legend D. L. Hughley offers satirical terms for a peace treaty between white America and the rest of humanity.For more than four hundred years, white America has been safely a majority and has used that power to f*ck with blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans. Now, however, the demographic tide has turned—and a reckoning is coming. On the eve of America becoming a majority-minority nation, D. L. Hughley advises, “Surrender, White People!” and offers his terms for reparations and reconciliation in this edgy book infused with his trademark blend of humor and cutting social commentary.As Hughley explains, whites better make their peace with their black and brown brothers while the getting's still good. There's a lot to answer for: the United States has subjugated African-Americans and other ethnic minorities since its founding—from slavery to Jim Crow to modern police brutality. Under the terms of Hughley’s satirical agreement, white people will stop having their police officers kill young black men, stop poisoning the water, stop appropriating black culture, stop trying to prevent black people from voting, and more. . . . In exchange, black people will talk some sense into Kanye. And they shall keep their opinions of white people's dance moves to themselves.Surrender, White People! includes 25 black-and-white illustrations.

Surrender, White People! Details

TitleSurrender, White People!
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherWilliam Morrow
ISBN-139780062953704
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GenreNonfiction, Politics, Humor, Cultural, African American, Race, History

Surrender, White People! Review

  • Erikka
    January 1, 1970
    He's done it again, folks. "How Not to Get Shot" was one of the most necessary but hard-to-handle books I've ever read. I don't think I was emotionally prepared for what that book had to say, even though I knew what it was going to say. It's just a lot to digest. While that book was a satire of an instruction manual, this one is a satire of a treaty that is, similarly, a mix of hilarious humor and spirit-breaking truths. While the first book focused mostly on our broken criminal justice system, He's done it again, folks. "How Not to Get Shot" was one of the most necessary but hard-to-handle books I've ever read. I don't think I was emotionally prepared for what that book had to say, even though I knew what it was going to say. It's just a lot to digest. While that book was a satire of an instruction manual, this one is a satire of a treaty that is, similarly, a mix of hilarious humor and spirit-breaking truths. While the first book focused mostly on our broken criminal justice system, this one is less focused and deals more with every day in which our country screws over Black people. It was equally hard to read, but about very different topics. I think this book would scare off some readers, and I'd like to taken this moment to address those specific people. No one is telling you you should be ashamed to be white. No one is judging you for being white. What this book and others like it are trying to tell you is that, in being white, you have unearned privilege that makes this world easier for you. It is an undeniable privilege that you can channel into making positive changes for people who do not have that privilege. I am white. I am not ashamed of my skin color. But I am extremely ashamed of the things people my color have done, throughout history and today, that make life unfair, unequal, or dangerous for people who don't have my skin color. What things, you may ask? First, let me finish this dramatic eyeroll that you are that unobservant, and then let me give you this book. Hughley answers the question much more eloquently than I ever could.
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  • Rosann
    January 1, 1970
    Wowp, talk about topical! Or rather, these are things that people of color have been justifiably screaming about forever. D.L. Hughley challenges all readers in both serious and comic tones to really see the world, surrender those misconceptions and be a little uncomfortable. Plus, it is a good read, entertaining, and engaging.
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  • Rory
    January 1, 1970
    Engaging and eye-opening and outrageous, clued me in to so much I didn’t know and never knew to question (the GI Bill, real estate, on and on). Also: funny lovable voice/storyteller.
  • Lekeisha The Booknerd
    January 1, 1970
    Necessary reading, people. I don't care what demographic you represent, read this damn book. Full RTC!
  • Rasheed Abdullah
    January 1, 1970
    This book was such a breath of fresh air. I say that for two reasons:1.) The book was an easy read2.) I hadn’t read a book I thoroughly enjoyed in over a yearD.L. Hughley stepped up his game since “How Not To Get Shot” which was published in 2018 (I believe). I liked that book, but this book is better. “Surrender, White People!” is similar to Hughley’s previous book in its size, page count, thickness, and even writing style. D.L. writes in a no-frills manner that is easily understood--even if th This book was such a breath of fresh air. I say that for two reasons:1.) The book was an easy read2.) I hadn’t read a book I thoroughly enjoyed in over a yearD.L. Hughley stepped up his game since “How Not To Get Shot” which was published in 2018 (I believe). I liked that book, but this book is better. “Surrender, White People!” is similar to Hughley’s previous book in its size, page count, thickness, and even writing style. D.L. writes in a no-frills manner that is easily understood--even if there is some foul language. Both books are relevant to the times, yet “Surrender” seems to be even more pertinent, insightful, and what’s more, it is funnier. But the real key to get the full satisfaction and enjoyment from the book is to read it in Hughley’s voice. I don’t mean read out loud impersonating D.L. Hughley, that may be too hard to do. I mean replace the voice in your head with his voice; it makes the book so much more enjoyable. Be warned, for those of you not familiar with D.L. Hughley, it does have foul language as I mentioned before. For anyone who has ever heard him do stand-up then you already know what you’re getting. For those of you who have virgin ears (or eyes in this case), or are not familiar with D.L. Hughley, then there are bad words used. I, for one, am not going to let some cuss words prevent me from having a good time.
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  • Lyndsey thelittlereadingmermaid
    January 1, 1970
    Holy crap.This is going down in my list of "must read" books to recommend to people. I loved it that much.Can I just say that I wish DL Hughley had written MY history books I read in school? Because I swear, there was so much history in this book that I am 99% sure I did not learn in school. Important history. History that definitely made me ball up my fists, my eyes well up, and (as if I needed any more reasons) to continue on fighting for Black Lives to Matter. It educated me so much, but with Holy crap.This is going down in my list of "must read" books to recommend to people. I loved it that much.Can I just say that I wish DL Hughley had written MY history books I read in school? Because I swear, there was so much history in this book that I am 99% sure I did not learn in school. Important history. History that definitely made me ball up my fists, my eyes well up, and (as if I needed any more reasons) to continue on fighting for Black Lives to Matter. It educated me so much, but with its healthy doses of smack you in your face reality, it also had quite a bit of laugh out loud in there. I think that made it easier to read (for me, at least), and really helped it sink into my brain. Especially the historical aspects. So many names were mentioned in this book that I had never heard about, because the media didn't care to put those names out there- which is INFURIATING. It talked a lot about our current POTUS and the tearing down of statues that are just plain ignorant and don't have a relevant place in our society. They never really did, but now is as good a time as ever to TEAR EM DOWN. All they do is stand as a constant reminder that Black lives didn't matter back then, and they still don't today.I LOVED all the Mitch McConnell jabs, because they're 100% valid and my views definitely align with the author's. If you're a Trump loving Republican/Conservative...I encourage you to read this book RIGHT FUCKIN NOW. I truly hope it helps you open your eyes to the racism that exists today, and what we're actively NOT doing as a society to help end it. I hope it encourages you to change, and in turn help encourage others to do the very same.
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  • Kelly Hager
    January 1, 1970
    This is a hard book to recommend. As you'd imagine from DL Hughley, it's really funny and there are a lot of parts where I literally laughed out loud. And then there are parts that just as literally took my breath away. I'd never heard of Henry Smith (a Black man who was brutally murdered by a lynch mob) and it's the worst thing I've ever read. It's a very effective tactic, because the humor drew me in and then there are parts that just felt like an assault. And it's good. It should. We should f This is a hard book to recommend. As you'd imagine from DL Hughley, it's really funny and there are a lot of parts where I literally laughed out loud. And then there are parts that just as literally took my breath away. I'd never heard of Henry Smith (a Black man who was brutally murdered by a lynch mob) and it's the worst thing I've ever read. It's a very effective tactic, because the humor drew me in and then there are parts that just felt like an assault. And it's good. It should. We should feel shock and horror when we read about lynchings. I think a lot of times it's sort of sanitized and glossed over, but there is nothing at all here that should be couched in polite terms. It's a legacy of brutality and should be treated as such.This book is both incredibly easy to read and incredibly hard to read. Maybe proceed with caution but definitely proceed. Highly recommended.
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    I rated the book 4 stars due to relevance. I love D.L. Hughley as a comedian and actor so I purchased based on that alone. This is the first book I've read of his and it was interesting. My first impression was corny, soft-pedaled satire. After listening to it, and taking note of the audience, I see why it was soft-pedaled. Despite that, the information was good and the message was brought across very well. I would recommend this book as straight satire with a chaser of reality mixed in.
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  • cathy patterson
    January 1, 1970
    Review of Surrender White PeopleI gave this book five stars because D.L. Hughley took a passionate subject an made it informative all the while injecting absurdity to lighten the reading. This book was easy to read all the while bringing to the forefront, years of prejudice and discriminatory practices that must be ended. I am trying to listen, to learn and to become more aware, hopefully being part of change.
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  • Angel
    January 1, 1970
    This book is Hughley's plan to get some racial peace and reconciliation in the U.S. Though getting white people to surrender their unjust privilege and "delusions of supremacy," he perseveres and presents a peace treaty on how it can be done. He combines a serious look at history, including a lot of history that does not make in the mainstream textbooks, and evidence with humor. Like his previous book, an easy and accessible read. Well worth reading. (Full review on my blog later)
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  • Don Watkins
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the best books I've read on the history of racism in America. Much of the factual data presented in the book was news to me and my undergraduate major was American History. DL Hughley is intersperses enough comedy to make this an easy book to read. He covers a difficult topic masterfully. i highly recommend this book.
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    I love the way that he dives into these topics with humor. A lot of these things that he says are things we joke about at home when we need relief from the out and out racial discourse we live though on a daily basis.
  • Elle
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Colonizers, when you have to constantly pitch the 16th POTUS to us, you gotta update your résumé. This is a perfect read for those who want to begin the journey of learning the true history of ameriKKKa. It must be profoundly shocking to learn the real history of this country and how destructive of a people you derive contributes to the present day isms. With that said, D. L. is the truth! White people need to have a conversation among themselves.
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  • Carole Cornell
    January 1, 1970
    Satire at its best! A reminder to us “the white people” of the many aggressions that have been done to people of color. A reminder of what white privilege has given us through no effort of our own.You can’t NOT be moved by this book!
  • Dope Books
    January 1, 1970
    Uninformed? Take this crash course in American history and maybe you'll end up on the right side of history in the future. Don't double down because you're ignorant or ashamed, or do. Whatever, its a "free" country.
  • Foggygirl
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent read, both hilarious and educational.
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Should be obligatory reading for anyone who has even thought "All Lives Matter" let alone said/written it.Sad, funny, and anger-inducing in equal measure.
  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    A great book at the perfect time. Everyone should read it. Well done. Thank you.
  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    Hughley, once more, deftly uses humor to address racism head-on and call out people for weak excuses of passivity and inaction. Also recommended: Hughley's How Not to Get Shot.
  • Krystin Mitchell
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. Read right after White Fragility which was a good coupling. DL makes historical incidents clear yet digestible bc he uses humor in all the right places.
  • Ms. Sanderlin
    January 1, 1970
    It’s difficult to approach such horrifying topics with such levels of humor, but Hughley does it. This is a must-listen (or read).
  • Will Boncher
    January 1, 1970
    Listened to the audiobook, read by D.L., highly recommended. Written by a comedian, so makes for an enjoyable listen, but very intense and serious content.
  • Joggingt
    January 1, 1970
    Recommended highly!!! I cried, I laughed frequently. I finished in one setting and insisted my husband listened with me. First time he listened to a book all the way through with me!!!
  • Debra Moore
    January 1, 1970
    This is very timely and while it addresses the serious problem of racism, he uses humor to make his points. I learned some things from reading this book.
  • MsKnight
    January 1, 1970
    Great ideas, informative, and entertaining. In the audio book, he talks fast, I'll need to listen again for things I missed the first time.
  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it. I would sign the peace treaty. D. L. Hughley took a very serious subject and added humor.
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Thought provoking and humorous.
  • Jodi Geever
    January 1, 1970
    Tongue-in-cheek educational and laugh out loud funny!!!
  • Florin Surlea
    January 1, 1970
    It’s a very good read.
  • Hillary
    January 1, 1970
    This is a seriously fine piece of satire...so fine that I think we should honestly try to implement at least half of his articles.
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